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Slumdog Millionaire
(2008)
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Composed, Performed, and Produced by:
A.R. Rahman

Additional Music by:
M.I.A.
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LABEL & RELEASE DATE
Interscope Records
(December 21th, 2008)
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ALBUM AVAILABILITY
Regular international release, with a retail price less than $10.
Awards
AWARDS
The score won a Golden Globe, a BAFTA Award, and an Academy Award. The songs "O... Saya" and "Jai Ho" were both nominated for an Academy Award, the latter winning. Both the soundtrack compilation and the song "Jai Ho" won Grammy awards.
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Buy it... for its extremely engaging, genre-bending songs, of which "Jai Ho" is one of the most dynamic and memorable on film in quite a while.

Avoid it... if you expect A.R. Rahman's wildly frenetic and often obnoxious hip-hop underscore to be deserving of the awards recognition it received in the flurry of initial popularity surrounding the film.
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FILMTRACKS TRAFFIC RANK: #623
WRITTEN 1/21/09
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Slumdog Millionaire: (Allah Rakha Rahman) You know that your small arthouse film has hit the jackpot when not only 10 Academy Award nominations drop on your lap but you're also protested by a wide variety of diverse interest groups. The road to success taken by Slumdog Millionaire is as improbable as any you could imagine, with the British and Indian production left for dead on a straight to DVD release in 2008 because of its original studio's demise. Fortunately, Fox Searchlight decided to distribute the unknown indie project and, due to its endearing script and creative direction, critical and popular praise was showered upon it. Though Slumdog Millionaire contains some truly discouraging imagery of Mumbai and has few positive representations of its police force (an irony given the terrorist attacks that soon followed in its upscale neighborhoods), it is a story of love and stubborn will, showing the human spirit at its best in the most awkward and oppressive of circumstances. Despite the $15 million production's immense appeal, protests over the film's depictions have come from Hindu religious groups, automaker Mercedes-Benz, and even those who live in the slum shown in the picture. Seemingly immune to all of these disgruntled parties, Slumdog Millionaire owes much of its popularity to the placement of Bollywood composer Allah Rakha Rahman's music in the film. From the two original songs prominently heard at the beginning and end of the picture to the uniquely contemporary underscore material in between, A.R. Rahman's contributions to the film have earned him the long overdue international spotlight. His Golden Globe win and three Oscar nominations for Slumdog Millionaire are all records for an Indian, thrilling a loyal fan base in a native country that has termed the 43-year-old "The Mozart of Madras." Writing for venues ranging from television to the concert hall, Rahman has worked his way up through the Hindi film music industry during the 1990's and 2000's, occasionally touching upon international recognition with projects like Elizabeth: The Golden Age, which he co-wrote with Craig Armstrong (also a Golden Globe winner). In response to news of his three Oscar nominations, Rahman said, "I did not think it will get there. God has been really kind. And I have to really thank the prayers of all the people and their good wishes." In support of the film, he continued, "There is a kind of optimism in the film and so much positive vibe as you leave the movie hall."



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1,205 TOTAL VOTES
Average: 2.31 Stars
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TRACK LISTINGS AND AUDIO
Audio Samples   ▼
Total Time: 51:23
• 1. O... Saya - song written and performed by A.R. Rahman and M.I.A. (3:34)
• 2. Riots (2:00)
• 3. Mausam & Escape (3:53)
• 4. Paper Planes - song co-written and performed by M.I.A. (3:24)
• 5. Paper Planes (DFA Remix) - song co-written and performed by M.I.A. (5:49)
• 6. Ringa Ringa (4:16)
• 7. Liquid Dance (2:59)
• 8. Latika's Theme (3:09)
• 9. Aaj Ki Raat - song performed by Sonu Nigam, Mahalakshmi, and Alisha Chinoi (6:07)
• 10. Millionaire (2:44)
• 11. Gangsta Blues - song written by A.R. Rahman and performed by Blaaze and Tanvi Shah (3:42)
• 12. Dreams on Fire - song written by A.R. Rahman and performed by Suzanne D'Mello (4:09)
• 13. Jai Ho - song written by A.R. Rahman and performed by Sukhwinder Singh, Tanvi Shah, and Vijay Prakash (5:19)

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